JRTS Armour Competition. Cat 3: 1/72 SU-122

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  1. ShaunGamer

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    I have finally managed to get some spare time to make an entry for this Competition. There are some great entries in category three already but I am entering for the fun of it. (Making models for a comp forces you to be more careful as well!!)
    I decided to use PaperTigerArmaments T-34 as the base. These are good models with enough detail for the scale, but don't force you to use tweezers and a microscope.

    The chassis is the first section I need. The wheels will be attached later to prevent them being knocked around while I work on the superstructure for the 122.

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    I have spent a long time developing the parts for the SU-122 superstructure.
    In this case, for speed, I will be putting the superstructure over the existing chassis. The machine gun and Driver Hatch detail are left off the front.

    The viewing ports have been added to the superstructure.

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    I have assembled all the parts for the superstructure.
    The gun being the most difficult part to get right.

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    The gun Mantlet is attached.

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    Hatches and things!!!

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    The rest of the bits!

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    Superstructure placed on the chassis.

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    And from the other side.

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    Let me be the first to compliment you on your very nice job so far, Shaun. I konw it's tough building in these small scales, and you're doing a far better job than I could. It seems you designed your own parts for the superstructure, am I right in thinking this?
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    Yes, there is not a lot of variety available when it comes to small scale armour, so I try to adapt the models that are out there. Unfortunately I am not skilled enough to create a model from scratch.

    I enjoy building the smaller scales as I get to see the end results more quickly. I also find a platoon of small scale tanks can be almost as impressive as one of their bigger cousins. (They are also easier to store and less likely to break.)

    Thank you for the compliment, it is appreciated!
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    Please also accept my compliments on your Su-122. Working in that small scale
    seems to me to be quite a challenge and you've done it well.

    There's only (as far as I'm aware) one other model of an Su-122 - a very old
    Maly 1/25. It's no better than other Maly models of the period.

    Regards,

    Charlie
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    I managed to squeeze in a bit more today, and spent more than an hour building all the wheels. The fuel tanks and storage box are also complete. (and yes, despite my earlier post I did have to use some tweezers!) :smile:

    Charlie - I did not realise the SU-122 paper model was so rare, even in the larger scales.

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    Further progress, mounted the wheels onto the chassis.

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    On both sides.
    I will have to wait until the wheels are totally dry before applying the track.

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    The tracks have been attached. It is important to curve the tracks to the wheels before gluing. I find it makes the process easier and gives a more realistic result.

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    The Fuel tanks and storage box complete the Su-122.

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    And another view.

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    Once again, very nice job. I agree about forming the tracks to the right shape before gluing them on. That is a very unique looking tank and a fine addition to your collection. Good luck in the competition!
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    Thanks, I hope you get the Cromwell finished in time!
    I have just noticed that it is difficult to see the detail of the tracks in these photos. Take my word for it, the tracks do droop between the wheels. :smile:
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    Another technique for the tracks in small AFV models is to score the track on
    the hinge lines so it becomes somewhat floppy. When you do this any inaccuracy in the size of track loop will become apparent. I usually leave the idler wheel off and only finally glue it on when the track "tension" is about right.

    Regards,

    Charlie